Travancore Pearly Everlasting
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Travancore Pearly Everlasting
P Native Photo: C. Rajasekar
Common name: Travancore Pearly Everlasting
Botanical name: Anaphalis travancorica    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Travancore Pearly Everlasting is a perennial herb bearing clusters of small white flower-heads. Leaves are 5-6 x 1 cm, elliptic to inverted-lanceshaped, tip pointed, dense wooly. Flower-heads are about 6 mm across, white with yellowish centre, borne in corymbs at branch-ends. Bisexual flowers are plenty, central; flower broader; female flowers are 30-40; flower tube 3 mm, slender, hairless. Achenes are 1 mm, brown, papillose; pappus 3 mm long. Travancore Pearly Everlasting is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: September-February.

Identification credit: C. Rajasekar Photographed in Kalakkad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu.

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